Barrel Aged The Jones Dog
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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American Imperial Stout
Ranked #81
Ranked #308
4.45 | pDev: 8.54%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
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Notes: The first batch of Imperial Jones Dog we ever brewed found its way into some Heaven Hill and Buffalo Trace barrels for 10 months and we are sure glad it did. The imperial milk stout brewed with cacao nibs and vanilla beans came out of the barrel with wonderful notes of bourbon, oak, barrel char, vanilla, coconut, dark fruits and dark chocolate. Delicious now or good to cellar in a temperature controlled environment.
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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
2.82/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2

Unfortunately in just a year bottle aging this beer that I'd long waited to try, it had spoiled.
Granny smith apples all the way - what a disappointment.

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Photo of ktr5010
4.38/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fall 2018 bottle. Almost pitch black pour. Slight tan head. Smells almost a little tart/sour but tastes fine. Chocolate and fudge. Not a lot of vanilla. I think the cocoa flavor is dominate rather than the vanilla. So very smooth that hides the 13%.

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Photo of darktronica
4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

November 2018 release. This takes the regular Jones Dog and kicks it square in the teeth. Gone are the slightly tart yogurt notes from the lactose, replaced by boozy heat and... well, more booze. Great barrel oak character, gently softened by the vanilla, and with nibs that show up at the very finish, inviting you to take another sip. Why, don't mind if I do.

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Photo of novamat
4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

2017 vintage. Nose is oak, dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla. Taste emphasizes dark fruit and chocolate with bourbon a heavy background presence. Very sweet, but expected for a milk stout. Mouthfeel is low end on carb but feels about right. Overall it’s clear why this is one of Pipeworks highest rated offerings.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very dark appearance with slight tan head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is a very pleasant bourbon and vanilla. Taste is a very smooth bourbon and vanilla.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.44/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap. Elements of brown sugar, charred wood, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate, caramel and molasses. Smell is more woody than taste, and the other aromas feel cut into because of the wood. Feel is chewy smoothness. Just a step below the greatest, a very delicious stout

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Photo of mdfb79
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown almost black color. Tons of sweet whiskey to it, milk chocolate, roasted malts, toffee, caramel, and dark chocolate. Thick full body and low carbonation.
This is great; highly recommend.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.66/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with sparse visible carbonation.

Smell and taste are relatively aligned, with chocolate, vanilla cream, bourbon, oak, and some roast. More bourbon comes forward in taste, making it a little hot and also making it seem like it's thinning it out.

Not bad but there are too many better options out there.

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Photo of bennyman12
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

2015 bottle
Looks thinner than it feels.
Smell is nondescript Ba stout, but this thing delivers on the palate. Big bourbon and oak flavors (think rare 15) integrate well with the lactose and the base grains. Def the best Ba beer I've had that advertises a lacto presence. This dog'll hunt down the joneses!

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Released September 2017; drank 9/14/18 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance.

A violent pour yielded a noisy, minimal tan head which quickly dissipated; almost no lace.

Vanilla, milk chocolate & oak notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium thick mouthfeel.

Rich vanilla & milk chocolate flavors up front; mild oak & faint bourbon notes on the finish.

This has aged for 1 year into an absolute beauty; what was once good but a bit boozy has melded into a balanced treat that is both flavorful & nuanced. Huzzah!

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Photo of BlakeAM
4.71/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2 bomber (12 year Elijah Craig barrels) poured into a snifter.

Deep, viscous black pour with a single finger head that quickly recedes into the abyss. Little to no lacing to be found.

Nose is heavy bourbon up front with a nice roast character before the waves of fudge and vanilla start pouring in. As the beer warms, the fudge and vanilla become more pronounced, allowing for some caramel and burnt sugar to shine through.

Taste follows the nose. The 14-15 months has served the brew well, as the only boozy heat that remains is subtle and pleasant, while the flavor profile focuses on decadent desserts like chocolate covered toffee, rich fudge and vanilla ice cream. There's a lingering sweetness that hints towards cloying, but disappears just in time.

Mouth is thick and smooth, exactly how I would expect and barrel aged milk stout to feel.

Overall an incredible brew that I'm happy to have had the opportunity to try. Probably the best BBA milk stout I've ever had.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 209, aged in Buffalo Trace barrels.

L- pitch black, basically no head.

S- bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, some dark fruit.

T- similar to the nose. Bourbon and chocolate, some vanilla.

F- smooth, medium-light body.

O- very nice stout. I'll have to try to track down some of the newer batch(es).

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.57/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 403/404 aged in Heaven Hill barrels

A: Black with no head
S: Dark chocolate, bourbon, charred oak, vanilla, cocoa nibs, milk chocolate, sweet, brown sugar, caramel
T: Dark chocolate, balanced bourbon, charred oak, lactose, vanilla, cocoa nibs, brown sugar, milk chocolate
M: Smooth and heavy with light carbonation
O: Incredible balance and plenty of flavor going on here. Great to see the lactose sweetness meld with the bourbon bite to make this crazy drinkable

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Photo of mothman
4.32/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 403/404

Little head. Black in color.

Nice bourbon flavors. Oak and vanilla and booze. Nice chocolate and cocoa with some roast.

Thick and full bodied. Rich. Molasses and brown sugar.

Very well done. One of the better pipeworks beers I have had.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.62/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade one of the best stout I've had.
Slight traces of brown around the edges of a black mass , the head does not last long
Smells of vanilla, chocolate candy with a trace of bourbon, very nice
Same elements but more bourbon wood malt taste with a dab of vanilla toffee and malt, delicious
not throat coating thick , maybe whiskey diluted, but decent feel
I had been looking forward to drinking this for a while, not disappointed

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.43/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I did not expect Pipeworks to deliver on a barrel aged stout, as my experience with their beers had all been on the IPA side of things.

The flavors are tasty and the barrel is not overdone.

Worth getting if you do not have to pay the Midwest trading toll.

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Photo of KrajDoesBeer
4.75/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

what an amazing Milk Stout.. poured from 12 oz bottle... age was just right.. smell is smooth bourbon and vanilla.. mouthfeel is great... taste is fantastic.. def a world class BBA stout!

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A. Very dark opaque brown with a 2 finger frothy lingering head.

S. Very nice bourbon aroma but not too heavy and hot. Some cigar vanilla.

T. Lots of vanilla and bourbon. Real nice cocoa and coffee. Finishing with toffee.

M. Nice thick consistency. Not quite bcbs motor oil but very nice. Light carbonation that really compliments.

O. Awesome beer. Prob a little overrated as I just had a central waters bourbon barrel reserve which I thought could hang with it. Nonetheless just a great beer.

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Photo of eppie82
4.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2. From bomber into snifter.
12-year Elijah Craig barrels.

My favorite milk stout. Pitch black upon pour. Very little to no foam head. Sweet malts, chocolate and bourbon taste. Bourbon is very much pronounced on the nose and the taste. Vanilla smoothness comes out at the end. Just a very well done stout in general.

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Photo of vic21234
4.68/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Label states it was bottled Fall 2015

A- Pours a dark brown, nearly black, with a small amount of cocoa colored head.

S- Sweet malts, vanilla, chocolate, and bourbon.

T- Strong notes of chocolate cocoa and vanilla up front give way to smooth bourbon character. It all melds together very nicely.

M- Medium bodied, hot yet smooth, with a nice warming feeling after each sip from the heat.

Awesome stuff.

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Photo of floridadrift
4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heaven Hills barrels
Smooth mouth feel
Big barrel notes of vanilla, oak and some boozy heat. Semi-sweet but drinkable, enjoyed cold first and let it warm down. Body is medium to the tongue, not great but not bad. Thankful I got to try it!

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Photo of KevSal
4.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 2 bomber

Holy smokes! This is fantastic! Reminds me a lot of 4 hands volume 1. Vanilla is huge. I honestly prefer how well the vanilla integrates in this beer than vanilla rye

Highly recommend!

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Photo of larryarms847
4.56/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours somewhat thin, but a milky smooth dark brown with a thin layer of light brown foam to top it.

Huge vanilla aroma that hits immediately, chocolate, spices, and bourbon.

The cacao bean is much more noticeable in flavor as the chocolate flavor takes front stage, while a creamy vanilla sweetness emerges and is washed out with slightly spicy but warming bourbon.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, creamy smooth, sweet, bourbon warmth.

Overall, a truly fantastic brew, I would love to see this released more often!

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Photo of RMelyon
4.31/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pretty good. I'm not a fan of the base beer, and the barrel certainly improved things here. But, I got too much heat/sour grape rind flavor for my liking

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Photo of lefty418
4.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this month's ago waiting to open it for my birthday. The day finally came and it poured beautifully. It smelled amazing and when I took a sip it didn't disappoint. a great beer.

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Barrel Aged The Jones Dog from Pipeworks Brewing Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 476 ratings